My project is about using sculpture to inspire our community to
re-connect with the waterways and wetlands in our landscape, using
the medium of clay and ceramics. As an artist, I am inspired by the
love of rivers, wetlands and the creatures that live in them. I am
inspired by the people passionate about the politics of water and
its use. I find the braided facets of our water issues fascinating
and I feel perfectly positioned, as an artist, to advocate for the
I am asking you for help to fund the time it takes to create the
core content of an exhibition called 'WAI'.
Why do I need your help?
My ceramic work has aways been inspired by water, especially
eels. Over the years I have perfected the craft of making my eel
sculptures among other similar ceramic NZ creatures. I am so lucky
these sculptures have proven popular enough to provide a living for
my young family and I.
However this success has proven to be a double edge sword. All
my time is consumed by the craft of production and putting food on
the table, there is no time for innovation or development of new
ideas. I can contribute more than just beautiful things for
people's homes, my vision for project WAI is to create art that
means something to entire community.
Your donation to 'Project Wai' will buy me time to bring this
exhibition to life. My target, of $8000.00, will provide me with
income of 500 per week for 16 weeks for the creation of the
Your help, large or small, will make you part of the 'Project
Wai' family and of course I will keep you up to date with photos of
the pottery and the evolution of the project through social media.
Please spread the word and like, share, link, tell your friends,
family and help me make this happen.
What will Wai look like at the end?
I deliberately wish to keep the details of the exhibition under
my hat, to allow the work to evolve without boundaries. However I
can tell you the exhibition space will be an installation with
running-water, raw clay, river driftwood, ceramic eels, film and
telegraph poles. I am excited to collaborate with an artist who is
an expert in the field of sound to enhance the experience of
passing through the exhibition space.
The opening of 'Wai' will be held at my local public gallery,
'Aratoi, Wairarapa Museum of Art and History' here in Masterton.
However I do not wish it to end there. The ultimate goal is to get
the exhibition seen by as many people as possible. Water use is an
issue being tackled by the entire country (and indeed, by the
entire planet) so Project Wai will be designed to travel and reach
other regional galleries around the country. The sculptures will be
adaptable for various spaces, indoors and out. So there is every
chance you will be able to see 'Project WAI' in person.
Thank you for your support.